As I've been ogling the covers of upcoming YA books, I've noticed a trend. Let's call this trend the Text Plus Background Look. (Gosh, I've always been terrible at naming things. It's why all of my childhood stuffed animals were named completely unoriginal things like "Fluffy".)
What is the Text Plus Background Look?
(other than a terrible title?)
Basically, it's what it sounds like. You have the title, which is the main focus of the cover, as opposed to a person or picture. The background is fairly clean and isn't photographic.
A perfect example of TPBL?
While the background has a gorgeous color combination, it's the title that demands the viewer's attention. (Seriously, take a moment to appreciate this cover's beauty. I'm swooning a little.)
Perhaps this trend started because the TFIOS cover ended up being so popular? (That would be ironic, considering how a majority of readers disliked the cover when it was first released.) However it started, I'm glad. I personally find this cover style gorgeous, especially since I'm not a huge fan of covers with real people on them. There's just something classic about the TPBL. Bravo, cover designers! Bravo!
How do you feel about this new look?